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MHS wins conference golf title; regionals Monday

The Middlesex High golf team gathers around its Conference 42 championship trophy. From left they are volunteer assistant coach Jock Pitts, Mason Duke, Greg Pitts, Matthew Wilson, Elliott Redmon, Avary Payne, Will Leggett, Hunter Ward and head coach Greg Harrow. Not pictured is Hunter Purcell.

The Middlesex High golf team was able to “put the weather behind them” and win the Conference 42 championship on September 21 in the rain on a very wet Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) course in Hartfield.

Middlesex soundly defeated conference rivals Mathews, Cumberland and Central Lunenburg, and will now head to the 1A East Region tournament to be hosted by Altavista High School at the London Downs Golf Club in Forrest on Monday, October 3. The course is near Lynchburg.

The Chargers shot one of their best rounds of the season in the conference tourney, carding an 18-hole score of 351. Central Lunenburg finished second with a score of 374, Cumberland had 432 for third, and Mathews shot 450.

Central Lunenburg will join Middlesex in the regional tournament.

The Conference 42 championship match had been scheduled for Monday, September 19, but was postponed to September 21 because the forecast was calling for clearing weather, explained Charger head coach Greg Harrow. “Unfortunately that was not the case. I sent out a text Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning confirming with the teams that we were playing regardless of the weather and that they needed to get their heads on straight.”

And they did!

The Chargers had not broken 176 in 9 holes all year, said Harrow. In the dismal conditions, the team shot 173 on the front nine and 178 on the back nine. “To do that in those conditions was outstanding!” said Harrow.

Chargers Greg Pitts and Mason Duke shot the low rounds for MHS, tying with 82 apiece. “These two guys played consistent and smart golf all day,” said Harrow. “It was fun to watch.”

MHS teammates Elliott Redmon and Will Leggett rounded out the Chargers final total, finishing with a 93 and 94, respectively. “Both of these guys know where they made mistakes and it’s up to them to minimize them during regionals,” said Harrow. “While I am very proud of how they composed themselves today in these conditions, they can score much lower than they did.”

Matthew Wilson and Avary Payne also competed for the Chargers, carding scores of 104 and 114, respectively. “These guys are coming along at a good pace,” said Harrow. “While their scores today didn’t necessarily represent their potential, they keep grinding every day and have made tremendous improvements over the course of the season.” 

All Conference
The Chargers also captured four of the six first-team All-Conference members in Pitts, Duke, Redmon and Leggett. Chase Grubbs (74) from Cumberland and Cole Williams (84) from Central Lunenburg also received the honor. 

The Chargers will leave for the regional tournament on Sunday morning and travel to the course for a practice round, spend the night, and then play in the tournament on Monday, October 3.

Regular season finale
On September 15 the Chargers defeated King William 178-181 in their regular season finale at PRGC. The Chargers finished their regular season with a 10-4 record.

During the nine-hole match, Greg Pitts scored a 40 for MHS, Mason Duke had a 44, Elliott Redmon a 46, and Will Leggett and Mathew Wilson 48 apiece.

King William’s top two scores were 37 and 42, but the Cavs didn’t have the depth to win the match.

Avary Payne also competed for the Chargers with a score of 53.

“It was a good feeling to pull out the win after being defeated by them (Cavaliers) on their home course the week before,” said Harrow. “It was also a very positive boost heading into the conference tournament the following week.”

posted 09.28.2016

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